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The Secret Rooms

The Secret Rooms by Catherine Bailey
For those who love both mysteries and history, this book "The Secret Rooms: A True Story of a Haunted Castle, a Plotting Duchess, and a Family Secret is a wonderful find.  Catherine Bailey went to Belvoir Castle to use the letters of the Manners Family in writing about the effect of the Great War on the Leicestershire homefront.  What she found was a six-month-long gap in the letters of John, the eldest son and future duke of Rutland, who was serving with the 4th Leicesters near Ypres.  As she searched for an explanation, she found two other gaps.  What was the duke trying to hide?  Ms. Bailey, takes us on her search for answers, providing a fascinating example of how historians work.

Astor Place Vintage

Astor Place Vintage by Stephanie Lehmann
Amanda, a vintage clothing shop owner near Astor Place in New York City, finds a journal hidden in the clothing she purchases.  Her story alternated with that of Olive, the journal writer of a hundred years earlier.  The depiction of the life of a shopgirl in pre-World War I New York City is fascinating.  Olive is paid $7 per week at the department store.  Her rooming house, with breakfast and dinner, charges $6 per week, leaving just a dollar to cover taking the trolley (at 5 ¢ per ride), laundry and clothing!  Astor Place Vintage by Stephanie Lehmann

The Great Gatsby

NIght Jazz by Jill Shure
Join us for Movie Matinee on Monday, February 17, 1 pm to watch "The Great Gatsby" starring Leo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s. OUr If you’d like to read more about the roaring twenties, and the Jazz age, check out our Spotlight page.

February LibraryReads

Red Rising by Pierce Brown
"Red Rising," a debut novel from Pierce Brown, tops the new LibraryReads list.  LibraryReads is a compilation of librarian's favorite forthcoming titles for the month.  Oshkosh Public Library buys a copy of each title that appears on the list.  "Red Rising" is being called the "next great read for those who loved The Hunger Games."  Other titles are "The Martian" by Andy Weir, "This Dark Road to Mercy", Wiley Cash's second book and a nonfiction pick "E.E. Cummings: A Life" by Susan Cheever.  Current list that's availalbe is on the display board next to the second floor Reference Desk.

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